LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland is ranked 10th in the NAIA Wrestling Preseason Coaches’ Top 20 Poll and six individuals are ranked in their respective weight classes, including Carter Cox, Keshawn Laws, Anthony Maia, John Olivieri, River Henry and, Patrick DePiazza as announced today by the national office.
The Phoenix were picked third in the Preseason Mid-South Conference Coaches’ Poll, and are ranked behind Lindsey Wilson (4th) and Campbellsville University (8th) in the national Top 20 Poll.
Carter Cox posted a 24-9 mark at 125 last year and is ranked 12th in that weight class heading into this season.
Keshawn Laws starts this season ranked 15th at 141. The Queens, N.Y., native registered a 23-13 mark overall in 2019-20 and went 1-2 at the national tournament last year.
Anthony Maia begins the season ranked sixth at 149 after collecting a 10-6 record and being named an NAIA All-American in 2018-19.
John Olivieri posted a 2-2 mark at 197 last season but moves down to the 184 weight class this season. The senior from Stewarts Creek, Tenn., is ranked sixth at 184 for the Phoenix.
Sophomore River Henry transferred to Cumberland from Old Dominion University this year. He is ranked 17th in the 197-pound weight class.
Phoenix Senior Patrick DePiazza also reached the national tournament last year, and heads into his senior campaign ranked eighth at 285. The Cedar Springs, Mich., native registered a 23-10 record last season and earned All-America honors in the 285-pound weight class.
Cumberland opens the season December 4 at Lindsey Wilson in Columbia, Ky.